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It was raining, and one driver didn't stop at the stop sign in the intersection. The result: A T-bone crash

DAVID F. ASHTON - The side airbags in this Lexus are credited with having kept its occupants safe in the side-impact crash. Traffic came to a halt when a side-impact T-bone accident took place at the intersection of S.E. 52nd Avenue and Steele Street just before 5 p.m. on Monday, December 21.

Witnesses told THE BEE that a white Toyota "4Runner Limited" had been northbound on 52nd, entering the intersection, with a green traffic signal. Simultaneously, a black Lexus SUV was westbound on Steele Street and entered the intersection on what driver may have seen as a yellow signal turning red.

The Toyota struck the Lexus on the passenger's side. The impact was so great, it pushed the Lexus many feet over to the sidewalk.

Although dispatched as an injury accident, it turned out that no one was seriously hurt in the smashup.

"A few years ago [before modern advances in auto design], the people in the Lexus would have been killed, or at least seriously injured, in a crash like this," a Portland Police officer remarked to THE BEE. "I'm happy to see that no one involved was found to be seriously injured, after being evaluated by Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics."

As is usual in Portland when a crash does not result in injuries, no citations were issued, and the respective insurance companies were left to straighten the matter out.


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